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The 5 Best Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

by Together Counts Partner | May 28, 2015 at 9:26 am | comments

Let’s face it–even as adults, there are certain foods that we’d prefer to avoid. However, when it comes to picky eating, it’s fair to say that children really take the biscuit. Often, as parents we struggle to convince our children to eat the right meals at the right times–even with foods we know they enjoy. Introduce a recommended daily dose of vegetables into that equation and you may have the

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10 Tips to Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen

by Together Counts Partner | May 26, 2015 at 10:38 am | comments

By Katie Johnson New research shows that the magic of cooking with kids extends beyond the kitchen to kids embracing healthy food choices and trying new dishes at the table. For families trying to promote appetites for healthy foods this is fantastic news. The study, published in Preventing Chronic Disease, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals that involving children in cooking classes and/or food preparation activities

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Five Great Trail Activities and Their Health Benefits

by Together Counts Partner | May 21, 2015 at 9:41 am | comments

This article was originally published on Jan. 17, 2015, on Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s national TrailBlog. If you are looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, consider the old belief that it takes 21 days to form a habit. While some hold it to be true, research shows that it takes consistent work and commitment to form great habits. When it comes to being physically active, trails provide a wide range of outdoor

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Fundamentals of Youth Running

by Together Counts Partner | May 19, 2015 at 1:51 pm | comments

Kids are masters of surprise. Just when you think they are ready for a nap, they are bouncing off the walls ready for a new activity. As a partner of the Healthy Weight Commitment foundation, we understand that running is an excellent way for your little firecrackers to burn off excess energy, and it is also an excellent skill to have for a lifetime of health and activity. The Road

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How Menu Labeling Could Change Eating Out for Your Family

by Together Counts Partner | May 14, 2015 at 9:58 am | comments

Time is a precious resource, and lack of it can often lead families to skip wholesome meals shared at the dinner table. Restaurants are a natural pick for supporting busy schedules, and still offer the opportunity to enjoy some special time together without having to fight about who does the dishes! And as a member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, we are big advocates for families spending time together.

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Creating Environments That Support Physical Activity

by Together Counts Partner | May 12, 2015 at 11:51 am | comments

We know that regular physical activity can help enhance and protect our health. Yet only about 1 in 4 of us gets the daily recommended amount! Are we lazy? Are there too few opportunities to include fun activity in our day to day life? How can we energize our daily life? As a member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) and its Together Counts™ program, we strive for ways

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Get Fit in the Park

by Together Counts Partner | May 5, 2015 at 4:51 pm | comments

Outdoor fitness zones provide free workouts at parks, family time, and fun. Spring is in the air, and getting fit doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sweat it out inside a gym for every work out, as a growing number of cities are utilizing the potential of parks and urban green spaces to promote fitness and healthy living. Parks are one of our greatest natural resources, covering over a million

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